Diana Gurtskaya in 2008
|Birth name||Diana Gurtskaya|
July 2, 1978 |
Sukhumi, Abkhaz ASSR, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
|Genres||Pop, synthpop, pop rock|
Diana Gudaevna Gurtskaya (Georgian: დიანა ღურწკაია, Russian: Диана Гудаевна Гурцкая, born July 2, 1978 in Sukhumi, Georgia) is a blind Georgian singer who resides in Moscow, Russia. Following a failed attempt in Belarus the previous year Diana, on March 1, 2008, won the Georgian national final with 39.4% of the vote, therefore she represented Georgia at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia. She won a place in the final at the second semi-final on May 22 and finished 11th.
Gurtskaya has a number of awards to her credit. Most notably, a 2007 Russian Honorable Artist award given to her by president Vladimir Putin, a Medal of Honor given to her by Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, and the Award of Saint Barbara in Ukraine amongst others.
In 2009, Gurtskaya received significant media attention after failing to obtain a visa from the British embassy due to her blindness. However, after a much publicised campaign, a visa was granted and the rules were changed.
Gurtskaya is married to Pyotr Kucherenko, who is a sighted lawyer in Moscow, and they have one son, Konstantin (b. June 2007).
- Ty zdess (2000)
- Ty Znayesh mama (2002)
- Utro (2003)
- Nezhnaya (2004)
- 9 Mesjacev (2007)
- Ja Ljublju vas vseh (2009)
- MP3 Collection (2006)
- Novoye i luchshyeye (2009)
|2007||9 months||singing voice||She performed theme song|
|Awards and achievements|
with Visionary Dream
|Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest